Friday, 1 June 2012

Glamorous award ceremony for NDA Design Award entrants

A glamorous award ceremony, held in Nottingham's newest Penthouse apartment to be sold for over one million pounds, celebrated the efforts by six design students from all over the country who were shortlisted for the National Design Academy's (NDA) prestigious competition to design the interior of the property: from the layout and furniture right down to the accessories and final touches.

The evening also celebrated the launch of the luxurious penthouse now being available to rent. Boasting panoramic views of the River Trent, Nottinghamshire countryside and both football stadiums it is hoped that a local sports celebrity may take on the lease. The last big profile name to rent one of the penthouses was Sven-Göran Eriksson during his brief stint as Director of Football for Notts County.

Grace Moulder receives her cheque from (Left to right) Competition Coordinator Bella Riley, Penthouse owner Ian Roberts and Academy Director Pauline Riley
The competition was won by 21 year old Grace Moulder, an Interior Design student from Darlington who scooped a £3,000 cash prize and the chance to kick start her career in style.

Describing her winning design, Grace Moulder, said: "I had a look at the other River Crescent apartments and they were based around famous designers like Paul Smith, Chanel and Hugo Boss; I focussed mine around Dior by using simple clear streamlines and a classic mineral colour palette. The main apartment area was a huge open space, so I created a layout that had clearly defined zones by using shapes and materials to mould them and I used key focal points to draw people in with a bit a 'wow' factor."

Owner of the Penthouse, Ian Roberts, said: The quality, innovation and creativity of the short listed entries exceeded my expectations and selecting a single winner was very difficult. I congratulate the winner Grace Moulder and thank her for helping to create this world class interior to a breathtaking apartment.”

Presenting the awards NDA Academy Director, Pauline Riley, said: “At the National Design Academy we believe it is important to support and showcase talented design students in this difficult economic climate. I am delighted that the competition has been so well received by the design profession, university tutors and employers who encouraged so many young talented designers to enter. The quality of entries confirms my belief that design graduates have unique skills to offer. They are original thinkers, problem solvers, project managers and they know how to meet deadlines! They are very desirable graduates.”

Winner Grace with her Mother Joanne.

Runner up Erika Davis with Course Director of Studies Anthony Rayworth and Penthouse owner Ian Roberts.
Runner up Nicola Dejewski
Runner up Katherine Charles
Runner up Julian Potts
The National Design Academy (NDA) is part of the NDA Foundation, a not for profit organisation that is committed to providing further and higher education access to all, regardless of their educational background. NDA  is also the UK's largest Interior Design School, offering a wide variety of accredited Diploma, Degree and Masters courses in Interior Design.

Videos of the finished apartment and an interview with Grace will be available soon, so stay tuned.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Penthouse to host award ceremony for competiton finalists

Grace Moulder selects accessories to add the finishing touches to her design
Competition winner Grace Moulder made her last visit to the Penthouse to add some final touches to her design.

Finalists from the competition to design the interior of Nottingham's first £1 million penthouse, along with potential new tenants from the world of sport, will be treated to a champagne reception and tour of the newly kitted out Penthouse on Thursday 31 May  

The Penthouse, which is situated in the award-winning RiverCrescent apartment building, will also host an Award Ceremony where competition winner, 21 year old Grace Moulder from Darlington, will receive a cheque for £3,000.

Talking about Grace's winning design NDA Competitions Coordinator, Bella Riley, said: "Grace had clearly paid attention to the brief and delivered excellent solutions for the client’s requirements. The use of historical reference mixed with contemporary transitional design adds real depth to the scheme which meets the brief admirably.”

With an estimated £5,000 a month rent, the penthouse certainly won't be affordable to most people, but with its beautiful panoramic views over the River Trent, pool and gym on site and brand new £100,000+ interior it will certainly attract an interesting tenant. The last big profile name to rent one of the penthouses was Sven-Göran Eriksson during his brief stint as Director of Football for Notts County.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Our week with Grace

Competition winner, Grace Moulder, has now gone home, but she will be back in April to do one of National Design Academy's rendering workshops.

Whilst she was here grace has sourced accessories for each room in the apartment, created new mood boards, met with RSAV Solutions to discuss audio and video systems for the apartment, and with the help of NDA Private Clients Practice Manager, James Pilling, refreshed her CV and applied for a job at Vogue!

Talking about her brief time spent here so far Grace said: "I've had a great time working alongside James, he has really helped me understand the hands-on role of an Interior Designer. At university it's mostly theoretical work, so it has been very valuable for me to see how things work in the real world. It's also really helped me think about my future career and I now feel ready and more excited than ever to start promoting myself and what I can do to the companies I want to work for."

After spending the week with Grace James reflected: "Grace has got a great eye for details. She's very keen to envisage a space as a home that will be lived in and as such she thinks beyond just form and style, considering the function of a space. I think she has got the potential to do very well in her chosen career and I wish her all the best."

Grace Moulder with her mood board for the penthouse living room.

Grace will visit the penthouse again once all the installation work has been completed and the furniture has arrived.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Competition winner Grace Moulder arrives

Competition winner Grace Moulder arrived in Nottingham this week to begin work on implementing her chosen design for the multi award winning River Crescent apartment complex. The Interior she designed is  for on of the deluxe penthouse suites that overlooks the River trent and is the first apartment in Nottingham to be sold for over one million pounds.

Grace, who recently graduated from Teeside University with a first in Interior Design, said: "This is a valuable experience for me. It's the first time I'll see one of my designs come to life, so it's very exciting."

Gace Moulder selecting the accessories for the Penthouse.
Grace will have the opportunity to learn from the professionals as she shadows NDA Private Clients Practice Manager James Pilling during her stay. James said: "While Grace is here we will be sourcing all the accessories for each room and planning the layout so that we can start placing the furniture in the apartment as soon the fixtures and fittings have been installed."

We'll be following Grace around during her visits to the apartment and publishing the latest news and updates here.

A champagne reception will be organised for all the competition runners up when the apartment is finished.